Sunday, December 31, 2006

A resolution-free reflection

2006 was a very good year for gardeners and gardens in Buffalo. Garden Walk Buffalo had more participating gardens than ever before and smaller walks throughout Western New York grew and thrived. Best of all, after years of talking about it, we finally published a Garden Walk book, with an accompanying DVD. I think some in the area are beginning to see how our passion for gardening might be almost as valuable a civic resource as our architectural and cultural bounties. But most important, Garden Walk reinforces our love of gardening and helps us enjoy our beautiful springs, summers, and falls even more.

It was also a very good year for garden discourse throughout the U.S. and beyond; 2006 saw the advent of numerous garden blogs and the continuation of some garden websites that have long been great resources for the exchange of information and advice. Garden Voices has proven to be a very useful way to gather all this diverse garden chatter together. Best of all, in many cases, we're actually talking to each other, not just bragging, lamenting, or opinionating into the ether.

Significantly, I am saving commentary on my own personal gardening efforts for last. Truth is, my efforts on the Garden Walk book took up a lot of time that would have been spent implementing new initiatives on the GWI property. So things pretty much stayed the same; I'll do better next year (which is the closest I'll come to a resolution).

Check out Garden Rant, which has collected the 11 most provocative (in terms of eliciting commentary) rants of the year. I'm pleased to say that my flag rant is #1!

2 comments:

Annie in Austin said...

Happy New Year to you, EAL - your garden blog has been a delight to read. You've sparked some great discussions!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Happy new year to you!

I must say that I like the discourse, too... the gardening blogs that I tend to go back and read are those where the commenters keep the discussion up and the blogger actually answers your comments.